ASUS ROG Zephyrus GX501 Review

ASUS ROG Zephyrus GX501 Review

Gaming laptops are always a bit different when compared to other laptops because developers are not incredibly consistent with their game design. This means you really need a monster rig to play all the games on the market with high quality. This comes at a heavy price and Asus hopes you are willing to pay it because this laptop brings that monstrous demeanor that hardcore gamers are looking for.

From the design to the hardware on the inside every aspect of this laptop is near top of the line. The only issue is that the price is also top of the line scooting up a bit too close to that $3000 dollar line. Only serious gamers should take notice here because Asus has a laptop that is built to ask how much do you want it?


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Specs at a Glance

  • Screen: 15.6 Inch LED-Lit
  • 1920 x 1080 Maximum Resolution
  • Processor: Intel Core i7 Processor 7700HQ 2.8 Ghz
  • RAM: 16 Gigabytes DDR4 RAM
  • Graphics: Nvidia GTX 1080
  • Storage: 512 GB PCIe SSD
  • Optical Drive: NA
  • Operating System: Windows 10 Pro
  • Ports and Connectivity: 4x USB 3.1, Type-C Thunderbolt port, 3.5mm Headphone Jack, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, HDMI 2.0, Bluetooth 4.2
  • Dimensions: 14.9 x 10.3 x 0.7 in
  • Weight: 4.9 lbs
  • Battery: 4 Hours

Pros

  • Incredibly powerful core will allow you to play any game on the market
  • Great connectivity with a super high speed Thunderbolt port as well
  • Smart design gives you a real shot at keeping this laptop cool even with the heat from the graphics card

Cons

  • Really high price
  • Poor battery life
  • Smaller screen size and lower resolution than you might expect for the investment


ASUS ROG Zephyrus GX501 Review

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Design

This model gets stellar grade for design as is usual for gaming laptops extra attention is need to keep them cool and Asus took the necessary steps. This laptop is incredibly thin and surprisingly light for a gaming laptop under 5 pounds which is a pound or two under the norm. The black and red design looks stylized and aggressive with an exterior design that is as sleek as a high end gaming laptop should be. It even pops up a little bit when opened fully to give you a slanted surface for better gaming angles for keyboard precision.

The touch pad is moved to the left side to free up more space for the sound system which is cool since hardcore gamers will bring their own mouse. This is a finely tuned design combining the portability and slim features of high end laptops with the focused design choices that a great gaming laptop needs.

Hardware Configuration

ASUS ROG Zephyrus GX501 Review

Since this laptop is so thin most of the hardware is in the normal place. The most interesting aspect here is the attention to the sound system with multiple speakers on the sides and taking up about as much space as the keyboard.

Processor

Here Asus went with a top of the line processor to support the graphical capabilities of the laptop. It is a Intel i7 7700HQ processor that runs at a base of 2.8 ghz with four cores and the ability to boost up to 3.8 ghz. That is a ton of power and speed that will make slowdown more of a bad dream than anything to really have to worry about. With the newest Kaby Lake architecture this processor is cutting edge and powerful enough to still be great years into the future.

Graphics

One of the most important parts of any gaming laptop is the graphics card and I can guarantee a nice chunk of that price tag is based on what we have here. The graphics card is a Nvidia GTX 1080 an insanely powerful card that will allow you to play pretty much every game on the market at high settings on this laptop. The GTX 1080 has its own 8 gigabytes of GDDR5 RAM to handle the intensity of high end gaming. This beast probably takes up most of the space under the speaker above the keyboard and its an awesome asset to have considering it cost as much as a low mid range laptop by itself.

RAM

The Robin to the graphics cards Batman here we have enough RAM to handle any sort of multitasking. 16 gigabytes of DDR4 RAM should do trick for pretty much every activity for now and the forseeable future. With 24 total gigabytes of RAM this laptop can handle high level gaming with speed that only looks up to a few desktops and NASA. For most things 16 gigabytes is overkill so once again speed comes in excess.

Storage

Sticking with the theme we also have a hard drive that favors speed over power. However in this case power is storage space and it really is not much of an issue. While the 512 gigabyte PCIe SSD hard drive is a major contributor to this models high price. It is also at the perfect size to be just about the best possible hard drive option you can buy. 512 gigabytes gives you considerable space as most people struggle to find 200 gigs of data to fill up their hard drive when they are trying to. Finding enough space with the speed of a SSD is a rare occurence that makes this laptop even more tailored toward consumers looking for the best.

Screen

This is the most pedestrian aspect of this laptop thanks to its size of 15.6 inches and only being able to reach 1080p when 2160p exists out there. Still though this screen is made for gaming with a 120 hz refresh rate allowing you to hit that gorgeous smooth 120 frames per second land of visual dreams in your gaming. Every gamer hates lag so you can probably imagine how much of a competitive edge this adds.

Additional Features

There is a lot here to pack some more value into this laptop. We have a customizable back lit keyboard. Nvidia GSync for even smoother graphical synergy with your graphics card. The aero dynamic design features allow for this laptop to stay cool despite the power required for the graphics card. The connectivity is amazing with your standard HDMI plus a whopping four 3.1 USB ports and even a four times faster Thunderbolt port for use with emerging technologies. With an immersive audio system and a convenient gaming center menu for customizing to your liking this laptop is packed to the brim.

Value for Money

With a price around $2700 dollars many people might think resoundingly no. However this laptop is made of the best hardware you will find in a laptop. You may be able to find a stronger desktop for less, but when you throw in the sleek, slim design, and portability you have a pretty unique package. If you can afford it and you are a serious gamer this is the type of laptop you want. Probably compared with Acer Predator 15.

ASUS ROG Zephyrus GX501 Review Conclusion

This is an unreal laptop with an equally out of this world price to keep away all but the most hardcore of gamers. If you have the wallet to make the move however you can’t really do much better when it comes to a powerful gaming laptop.

All gaming laptops have poor battery life, and if you are playing off charger you are definitely doing it wrong. Top of the line processor, graphics, design and features make this laptop a dream for most gamers who will find this machine hard to pull away from.


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